I can’t believe we are officially half way through 2016!!! Where has the time gone?
The past couple of weeks haven’t been overly exciting, I have spent majority of my time revising and finishing off final assessments for this semester of uni. Yay, only a week more to go!
BUT, I did make a facebook page so that we can all have a means of communicating, sharing ideas, tips and thoughts with one another and so that I can answer questions, live stream, haul and provide any special offers or insights. Click here to check out the facebook page
Over on my Instagram, you have all probably seen how much I love to use timelines in my daily spreads and layouts. I have received so many questions asking for a post to explain all the ins and outs of using a timeline in a bullet journal, diary or planner. So let’s dive in.
Before I start, I just want to say that these tips and opinions are purely based on my own experience and what works best for myself. It’s really important to maximize your own success and efficiency to mold and tweak ideas so that they work for you in a productive way.
My timelines consist of two lines, the first being AM and the second being PM.
My timeline starts at 12am and finishes at 11pm.
I use highlighters or coloured markers to split up my time accordingly to the activities, tasks and events I have on during that day.
As I said above, I like to set my timeline over two lines. I like to do this because I find it visually easier to observe my day and prioritise my time according to the tasks that I have to complete (and I find that it looks neater but shhh who’s asking.)
The top line acts as my AM section of the timeline and begins at 12am and ends at 11am, the bottom line acts as the PM section and begins at 12pm and ends at 11pm.
When I began to explore timelines in my bullet journal and planners, I did originally do one long line that incorporated the full 24 hours but It just didn’t work for me. I didn’t enjoy how it looked and acted on my daily spreads and I didn’t find that it was the easiest and quickest way for me to understand and view my day in hourly terms.
How to use:
Using and understanding your own timeline is pretty straight forward, you can choose to either create a colour key for yourself so that you can remember what each colour represents on your timeline eg:
yellow = asleep
green = fitness
blue = school
pink = homework
Or failing that, what I tend to do is colour code the tasks and events I have recorded in my daily spread and use those colours to then represent those tasks onto my timeline.
I will include a quick video I uploaded on my Instagram where I used this technique in my bullet journal:
So in summary, a timeline is purely used to understand and view your day in terms of hourly increments. It allows you the flexibility to utilise those hours in any way that works for you and encourages productivity and time efficiency.
On the topic of timelines, I have actually created some timeline stickers that are available to buy on my etsy:
I hope that this answered all your questions and if you still have any wondering thoughts please feel free to message me and Ill gladly try to help.
Have a great Friday!